Global warming blamed for extreme weather

10:32, July 31, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

High temperatures in the city in recent days has led many residents to look for ways to cool down. (Photo source: China Daily)

Meteorological experts have blamed global warming for this year's extreme weather in the country, which continues to be hit by persistent heat waves and floods.

China has recorded 6.4 days of hot whether, 1.9 days more than previous years on average.

Moreover, satellite-monitoring data on July 25 showed the surface temperature in some regions of Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang had reached 45 C.

Meanwhile, storms and floods have hit 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities since March, resulting in 968 deaths and 507 missing people, with the total economic loss estimated at 181 billion yuan ($27 billion), according to the latest information released by the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Thursday.

"Global warming has caused the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere to increase," said Ren Fumin, chief instructor of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

Ren warned of more extreme weather in the coming days.

He said the immediate cause of the continuing hot whether and lasting rainstorms was "abnormal general circulation over the Northern Hemisphere".

The CMA has forecast a fresh round of rains in North China in the coming days.

The rainfall would last from July 30 to 31 and from August 3 to 4 in North and Northeast China, bringing some 100 to 150 millimeters of rain to Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang provinces, it said.

"Local governments of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Shandong (provinces) should be prepared for flood control before Saturday," said Chen Zhenlin, spokesman for the disaster relief and public service department of the CMA.

Rainstorms caused havoc in Liaoning and Jilin between July 19 and 22, affecting nearly 2 million people.

Chen said the CMA had already issued warnings to the local governments of the regions. He added that with the rains moving north, the pressure of flood control in the Yangtze River Delta area would find some relief.

The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River have received 577.85 mm rain since May 1, 16.23 percent more than the same period in any average year.

"Compared to 1998, this year's rainstorms have brought along more intense and frequent rains since July 8," Ren said.

Although the overall rain capacity this year is less than what it was in 1998, almost daily cloudbursts broke rain records in six CMA observing stations situated on the Yangtze River.

Source: China Daily


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows strong wind blows trees in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Typhoon Nesat heads towards south China and is moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)
  • A fallen tree is seen on a road in Qionghai, south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 29, 2011. Typhoon Nesat was predicted to land in Hainan later Thursday, bringing heavy rainfalls to the island. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)
  • Arash Kamalvand (L) of Iran spikes the ball during the semifinal against South Korea at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 28, 2011. Iran won 3-1 to advance to the final. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
Hot Forum Discussion